2015 Simpson University Softball Season in Review
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - The Simpson University’s women’s softball team made program history this year by earning its first national title. In addition, they finished in first place in the California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac) for the fourth straight year. Coach Wayne Stower was named Coach of the Year for second straight year; pitcher Paris Hallums was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCCAA Softball World Series; she and teammates Kaylana Mah, Aleisha Brown, and Anjelica Cisneros were named to the NCCAA all-tournament team.
The Red Hawks went 14-10 in preseason play. They hosted two tournaments and competed in a tournament held by Southern Oregon University. They also had two-game series against the University of British Columbia, William Jessup University, Southern Oregon University, and Northwest Christian University.
Cal Pac Regular Season
The Red Hawks clinched their fourth straight Cal Pac title with a 13-3 conference record. They competed against Menlo College, Embry-Riddle University (Arizona), and La Sierra University, losing twice to La Sierra and once to Menlo.
Five players made the all-conference team: sophomores Mah, Hallums, and Courtney Thomas, junior Taylor Hill, and senior Ryan Norton. Hallums was also named Cal Pac Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year. Simpson University head women’s softball coach Wayne Stower received Coach of the Year honors for the second straight year and the fourth time in his career.
Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Softball Tournament
The Red Hawks participated in the 2015 GSAC Softball Tournament for the opportunity to compete in the NAIA West Regional Qualifying Tournament. They earned the No. 4 seed and were eliminated after the second round.
NCCAA World Series
The Red Hawks participated in the 2015 NCCAA Softball World Series on May 13-15 in Botetourt, Va., as the No. 2 seed. They advanced through the winner’s bracket with come-from-behind wins against No. 10 Cedarville University and No. 3 Lee University in the first two rounds and a 2-0 shutout against No. 4 Oklahoma Christian University in the semi-finals. The Red Hawks once again faced Oklahoma Christian in the championship series. After losing the first game 4-2, the Red Hawks earned the 6-4 come-from-behind victory to win their first national title in program history.
Hallums was named Most Outstanding Player, having pitched four complete games, earning four wins, and striking out 20 during tournament play. She finished the season with a 20-9 record.
"The feeling of winning the championship was unbelievable. We went through some difficult things as a team – but they came out stronger on the backside. It's been a lot of fun to coach them." - Wayne Stower
Awards and Highlights
|Wayne Stower||Paris Hallums||Kaylana Mah||Ryan
|Courtney Thomas||Aleisha Brown||Anjelica Cisneros|
- 4th straight Cal Pac title
- Coach Wayne Stower - NCCAA Coach of the Year; Cal Pac Coach of the Year for second straight year
- Paris Hallums - NCCAA Softball World Series Most Outstanding Player; Cal Pac Pitcher of the Year for second straight year; named to the all-Cal Pac and NCCAA all-tournament teams; NCCAA first team All-American
- Kaylana Mah - named to the all-Cal Pac and NCCAA all-tournment teams
- Ryan Norton - named to the all-Cal Pac team
- Taylor Hill - named to the all-Cal Pac team
- Courtney Thomas - named to the all-Cal Pac team; NCCAA second team All-American
- Aleisha Brown - named to the NCCAA all-tournament team; NCCAA first team All-American
- Anjelica Cisneros - named to the NCCAA all-tournament team
- 2015 NCCAA Softball World Sereis champions
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.